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Scala's Bistro

Scala's Bistro

(Now Closed)
Italian Restaurant$$$$
Downtown San Francisco-Union Square, San Francisco
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  • Hanan Bint Hamzah !
    Hanan Bint Hamzah !September 27, 2014
    Water & bread served for free & Refillable. Daily printed menu, for Ravioli stick to lemon creme sauce, always ask for pork & wine free food coz most does. Bostini cream is a must. Enjoy classy meal
  • Jonathan J.
    Jonathan JohnsAugust 6, 2014
    Dark restaurant, sometimes cold (Wear a sweater). Best food I've ever eaten? Possibly. Seasonal Menu, High Quality ingredients. Pricey but worth it. Then head upstairs to Starlight Ballroom for drinks
  • Ruwaida A.heart icon on user image
    Ruwaida AlawiMay 30, 2014
    Great atmosphere great foot the Ravioli with lemon cream is to die for and u don't want to miss the chocolate desert it's really yummy. 😋
  • Holly R. L.heart icon on user image
    Holly R. LeeDecember 29, 2018
    Excellent service, food, and atmosphere! I felt very pampered and cared for. I had the ravioli with half lemon cream sauce and half marinara sauce.
  • Justin M.heart icon on user image
    Justin MartinNovember 11, 2021
    The steak tartare was an absolute hit along with the zuppa! I debated ordering a second linguine & clams but opted to come back the next day. Duck rigatoni – out of site. Great beverage menu!
  • Hanan Bint Hamzah !
    Hanan Bint Hamzah !September 27, 2014
    Neat, elegant. book earlier to avoid waiting. great service, very helpful staff. Don't bother your self reading the menu ask the waiter & he'll guide you all through to the dessert ..
  • Kendal C.
    Kendal CockrelJuly 23, 2018
    Pesto ricotta ravioli with lemon cream sauce was delicious! Also, this place is surprisingly not crowded during lunch time hours.
  • Aigerim N.
    Aigerim NAugust 17, 2014
    Great for a quick lunch or nice dinner. Lunch prix fixe menu for $25. Delicious ravioli and comforting chicken soup.
  • Laurie M.heart icon on user image
    Laurie MitchellMarch 26, 2018
    Ravioli in lemon creme sauce!! My favorite dish of this three day trip!
  • Nick P.heart icon on user image
    Nick PalermoOctober 14, 2013
    Great wine list. Great food. We had the Mahi and salmon with a side of roasted artichoke hearts. Terrific. Also very attentive service. This place is a winner
  • Hugo R.heart icon on user image
    Hugo ReevesJune 23, 2015
    Great Buffalo Wings, Panini's and Burgers. Beautifully cooked to perfection. If you have just arrived at the Sir Francis Drake hotel, it is a great location to swing in and grab lunch.
  • Chris V.
    Chris VitaleJanuary 27, 2019
    Food is amazing and location is nice but the waiter was entirely pushy about ordering and hurrying. Reception stand is handling calls and customers in person and they’re short handed.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJune 19, 2011
    Elegant and warm Old World restaurant where reservations are a must. Try Mussels Frites, Linguine & Clams or the Rabbit Loin. Get the Bread Pudding.
  • Mathias B.heart icon on user image
    Mathias BynensMay 5, 2018
    The meatballs are to die for. Here’s just one of them.
  • Laura F.
    Laura Fingal-SurmaSeptember 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The corn and squash agnolotti is one of the best things I have ever tasted. Hope it stays on the menu for a while.
  • Deanna P.
    Deanna PelusoAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    For some of the best service, you have to try out Scala. A must try appie is the: moules frites! Tasty mussels and delectable fries.
  • Jeff Z.
    Jeff ZakrzewskiSeptember 19, 2013
    You really gotta try this place. Great food, great atmosphere.Humberto is an awesome waiter.
  • Eduardo V.heart icon on user image
    Eduardo VieroAugust 17, 2014
    You'll find a lot of good options in the menu. The place is charming. The service is fast and nice.
  • Penny H.
    Penny HalvorsenSeptember 1, 2012
    Great place to stop for an afternoon drink but outstanding for lunch and dinner. You won't be disappointed!
  • Jackie Y W.
    Jackie Y WangMay 24, 2011
    Try the Bellini as an alternative to your mimosa. Also, be aware that the bathrooms are upstairs (go up elevator) & there are only 2 stalls - 1 men's room & 1 women's room. Be prepared to wait in line
  • Anna V.
    Anna VargasMay 25, 2012
    Orecchiette and sausage was amazing! Reminded me of chorizo, but better and less grease. Also, try the Bostoni cream pie.
  • Mitch W.
    Mitch WeisburghMay 7, 2012
    The asparagus appetizer is incredible. The Banfi Chianti is a good buy if you want a really good but not expensive wine.
  • Brad T.heart icon on user image
    Brad TApril 11, 2017
    A Union Sq staple that has kept up the quality of food and service for over a decade. Go and be happy.
  • Jonathan V.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan VoganNovember 7, 2015
    Good selection of Italian wines. Lunch service was very slow but dinner service was excellent on recent visit.
  • Behrad Eats
    Behrad EatsMarch 10, 2012
    The Orecchiette & Italian Sausage is amazing! Finish your meal off with the Bositini Cream Pie!
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 11, 2010
    Well, what can I say? Hot Union Square spot. Lively, fun, great food. The chef, Jen Biesty, rocks. - Tim Nugent, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • alayne p.
    alayne pregeantOctober 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    3rd time coming here- each time outstanding. Hats off to chef biestly! Egg white omelette + mushrooms is my fave!
  • Eleanor K.
    Eleanor K.June 8, 2013
    The salmon just melts in your mouth! A definite must-try. Have it done medium.
  • Anthony S.heart icon on user image
    Anthony SamsonJuly 30, 2013
    Amazing breakfast. Get the fried egg sandwich but get it on a croissant.
  • Frederik
    FrederikOctober 29, 2012
    Nice Italian restaurant. Decent, not too original food at slightly too high prices. Wines are superb, try the Praxis.
  • Jeff L.
    Jeff LoyApril 12, 2014
    Excellent French Toast, incredible coffee and very good service.
  • Lily B.heart icon on user image
    Lily BelleApril 10, 2015
    Risotto with duck confit was delicious! Enormous portions
  • Giacomo G.
    Giacomo GhianniDecember 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Time it just right or call ahead always busy, but kitchen is open later then most San Francisco restaurants.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 13, 2011
    With Top Chef Season 4 contestant Jen Biesty on the savory and Top Chef Just Desserts Season 1's Tim Nugent on the sweet, you can't go wrong. Read more
  • William H.
    William H-CFPJuly 10, 2014
    Great location--very misleading -unorthodox approach to pricing wine --won't go back --
  • Marta
    MartaSeptember 24, 2014
    Try the Bostini dessert! Great food and place!
  • Lance L.heart icon on user image
    Lance LacoffOctober 8, 2014
    Very good food, orecchiette with sausage was excellent.
  • Dana Marie K.
    Dana Marie KennedyMay 26, 2011
    Amazing service! The cob salad was fresh and hit the spot, nice bread, ready to come back!
  • Violet B.
    Violet BlueAugust 22, 2012
    Benedicts on weekdays; home of Bloody Sundays (Bloody Mary competition).
  • Charlie F.
    Charlie FosterJuly 11, 2012
    Get the squash blossom pizza if you wanna have your socks knocked off.
  • Coby E.heart icon on user image
    Coby EshaghianFebruary 15, 2016
    The ravioli with lemon cream is great!
  • Arlene A.
    Arlene Aran AmaranteApril 20, 2014
    Ravioli in cream is a must!
  • StormMiguel F.
    StormMiguel FlorezOctober 23, 2012
    Their Moules Frites and Manhattans make a perfect light dinner. Deeelish!
  • Sahar A.
    Sahar AhmadNovember 14, 2012
    The clam linguine is phenomenal. The best part is the kick to it!
  • 🄵🄴🄻🄸🅇 d.
    Amazing Lox Bagel
  • Ken C.heart icon on user image
    Ken CeulemansSeptember 2, 2014
    Spaghetti with meatballs was spicy but superb
  • Sydney M.heart icon on user image
    Sydney MJuly 11, 2018
    Space is a little old and dishes overpriced, however I did enjoy my scallops
  • Melissa K.heart icon on user image
    Melissa KhouriAugust 5, 2013
    Amazing place! Amazing food!!! Perfect !!
  • Joshua L.
    Joshua LevensonJune 24, 2012
    The first amazing bloody Mary or had in a long time.
  • Alex H.heart icon on user image
    Alex HoultonNovember 17, 2018
    The cream pie for dessert is 👌
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